Low Vision & How You Can Prevent It

 

What is “low vision”?

Low vision is when your vision cannot be corrected to 20/70 or better, even with glasses or contacts. Typical causes of low vision include, cataracts, AMD, glaucoma, diabetic eye disease:

  • Age-related Macular Degeneration: is a leading cause of vision loss in people over the age of 60. There are often no noticeable symptoms in the early stages of AMD, but if left untreated, it may gradually result in blurred or loss central vision; in one or both eyes.
  • Diabetic Eye Disease: Diabetes causes many complications in the body, particularly in the eyes. Diabetic retinopathy is the most frequent cause of new cases of blindness among adults aged 20-74 years old.
  • Glaucoma: The name for a group of eye diseases that damage the optic nerve by high intraocular pressure in the eye. Known as the “thief of sight, if left untreated, glaucoma can cause blindness.
  • Cataracts:A cataract is the progressive clouding of the eye’s natural lens, which disrupts light passing through the pupil to the back of the eye (retina). Over time a cataract leads to diminished sight in the affected eye and eventually to blindness if untreated. Unlike AMD, Glaucoma, and Diabetic Eye Disease, Cataracts can be removed through Laser Cataract Surgery.

These eye conditions make doing dailyactivities difficult such as cooking, driving, reading, and even recognizing the faces of friends and family.

How Yearly Eye Exams Can Lower the Risk for Low Vision

Just like an annual physical, a yearly eye exam is important for your overall health. Comprehensive eye exams are critical in the prevention and early detection o various eye diseases. Several eye diseases do not show symptoms until vision loss has occurred. However, if a condition is detected early, there is the potential to prevent vision loss.

During an eye exam, your Precision Vision optometrist will evaluate the health of your eyes through a series of comprehensive tests, while checking for the very conditions that cause low vision such as glaucoma, AMD, and diabetic retinopathy.

Call Precision Vision today to schedule an eye exam and learn what you need to do to keep your eyes healthy!


Give the Gift of LASIK this Holiday Season!

December is the time of year that families and friends get together before the start of the New Year, however, have you noticed that someone in your family might not be seeing as well as they used to? Well help them out this holiday season by giving them the gift of LASIK! It can also make a great gift for you, if you are someone who also suffers from poor eyesight, so spoil yourself this year and start the New Year with 20/20 vision.

LASIK, which stands for Laser-in-situ Keratomileusis, is the most common type of laser vision correction. By using bladeless technology, LASIK is a safe and effective procedure that helps correct myopia, hyperopia, and astigmatism. Precision Vision is fully committed to using the safest and most advanced LASIK technology available. By using a blade-less laser, we have raised the standards of LASIK surgery, providing a quick and easy procedure that gives our patients the eyesight they deserve.

Within weeks, our patients are able to view the wonders life has to offer through their own eyes, without the assistance of glasses or contacts. If you or someone you love is not qualified to be a LASIK candidate, Precision Vision also offers PRK to help you guide a loved one a step closer to having 20/20 vision. Remember not every gift lies under the Christmas tree this year, so schedule a consultation today and allow Precision Vision help you give the gift of LASIK!


Common Cataract Surgery Questions Answered

Have you been recently diagnosed with a cataract? If you are looking for Oklahoma City cataract removal, then look no further than Precision Vision.

Cataract surgery is one of the safest and most effective procedures performed in modern medicine. It is a life-changing procedure that will improve your ability to do the things you enjoy and, in many cases, allow you to do things you couldn’t do before. Advancements in surgical technology and techniques, including premium intraocular lens implants and laser cataract surgery, allows the surgeons at Precision Vision to provide a more pleasant and predictable Oklahoma city cataract removal procedure.

We understand that undergoing eye surgery can be nerve-wracking. We want you to feel comfortable before, during, and after your Oklahoma City cataract removal.

Q: How is the cataract removed?

A: First, a small incision is made in the front of the eye (the cornea), allowing the surgeon to remove the cataract in tiny pieces. Then an artificial lens implant is gently inserted into the eye in its proper and permanent position.

Q: Is cataract surgery performed under general anesthesia?

A: No, cataract surgery is performed with local anesthesia only. We provide intravenous medications to help patients fully relax. Often there are no stitches and no patch. We also administer anesthetic around the eye so that patients feel or see little during surgery.

Q: How long does the cataract surgery take?

A: All of our cataract surgeries are performed at the Precision Vision Surgery Center. This is a fully accredited out-patient/ambulatory surgery center dedicated totally to eye care. Surgery itself takes about 10 minutes in the operating room. Most people are in the surgery center for about 90 minutes, including pre- and postoperative time.

Q: Are there fees associated with the surgery?

A: Most surgery costs are typically covered by insurance. If a patient chooses to have a blade-free laser-assisted surgery or a premium lens, there will be an additional fee as these premium services are not covered by Medicare or any other insurance.

Q: What restrictions will I have immediately after surgery?

A: During this time, we recommend restful activity. No driving, operating heavy equipment, or physical activities. Most patients are released to drive after their first post-op visit. For the first day vision may be blurry but it usually improves over the first week.

Contact Us Today!

If you are looking for Oklahoma City cataract removal, contact Precision Vision. Our friendly staff will schedule a consultation with our cataract surgeon, Dr. Pickard, where all of your questions will be answered.


iStent Helps Glaucoma Patients With Cataracts

For patients that have been diagnosed with glaucoma and are now preparing for cataract surgery, there is a revolutionary new implant that may help to reduce your dependance on glaucoma medications. iStent® is a very tiny implant that has helped thousands of glaucoma patients successfully manage their intraocular pressure. This one-in-a-lifetime surgery is performed during cataract surgery, and helps patients address both of these conditions at once.

What Is the iStent®?

The iStent® is the world’s smallest medical implant that has every been implanted in the human body. It is also the first micro-invasive glaucoma surgery (MIGS) device that is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). This tiny implant has been successfully implanted in over 250,000 glaucoma patients around the world.

The iStent® is designed to:

  • Restore your eye’s natural ability to drain the fluid that causes the increased pressure inside your eye
  • Help keep eye pressure at a normal level
  • As a result of this normalized intraocular pressure, your Precision Vision doctor may be able to reduce or eliminate your need for glaucoma medications

What To Expect With iStent®

The iStent® procedure can only be performed during cataract surgery; this is why this implant is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. After your Precision Vision cataract surgeon removes your cataracts, he or she will implant the iStent device. Following the procedure, you will receive antibiotic and anti-inflammatory eye drops. You will have a follow-up appointment the next day to ensure your eye(s) are healing properly.

 

Questions? Contact Precision Vision Today!

If you have glaucoma and have been diagnosed with cataracts, contact the talented team at Precision Vision in Midwest City, Shawnee, South Oklahoma City or Edmond. Our highly trained glaucoma and cataract team will perform a detailed eye exam to determine if iStent is right for you. We will also discuss the best lens implant options that best fit your lifestyle.

 

 


Understanding the Common Signs of Cataracts

Prevent Blindness, the nation’s leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared June as Cataract Awareness Month. Cataracts are the leading cause of vision loss in the United States and affect approximately 24 million American adults over the age of 40. Cataracts are a natural part of aging and can happen to anyone. As we get older, the lenses in our eyes can gradually start to become cloudy, reducing the ability to see clearly. Precision Vision wants to help educate patients on understanding the symptoms of a cataract.

Common signs of cataracts:

  • If you’re 55 or older, and you haven’t had an eye exam in a year, schedule an appointment with one of our eye care specialists at Precision Vision. Your medical doctor may not perform an eye exam during your checkups, so it is important to also schedule an eye exam each year. During the eye exam, your Precision Vision specialist will be able to determine if the changes in your vision are related to the development of a cataract.
  • If you notice your vision has become blurry or not in focus, you could possibly be developing cataracts. The lens of the eye helps you to focus on what you see – if it is compromised, it will affect your ability to focus.
  • If you begin to have impaired reading, or skip letters while you read, this is another sign a cataract may be developing. As you lose your ability to focus, the way you see is altogether changed.
  • Another common symptom of cataracts is the decreased ability to see at night or in dark lighting. Complaints of halos around lights, glare, and decreased vision are all common descriptions. If you have noticed your eyesight has changed during the night and in dark conditions, it could mean you have cataracts.

If you are experiencing any of these symptoms, call Precision Vision today at (405) 733-4545 and schedule a cataract exam today at one of our four locations in Oklahoma. Our experienced laser cataract surgeons can help you determine the best treatment option that fits your lifestyle.